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Comic Book on Lord Parashuram from Virgin Comics

Lord Parashuram is one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The latest comic book on the India Authentic series by Virgin Comics and Deepak Chopra is based on Parashuram. Apart from his heroic deeds, which form the crux of the comics, Lord Parashuram is credited with installing idols in several major Hindu temples across India. Parashu means ‘Axe’ and thus he is the Ram who carried the Axe. The incarnation of Lord Vishnu after Parashuram is Lord Ram. Thus Parashuram represents the hunter-gather phase of Human evolution. Next is Lord Ram, the more civilized and social human being. The Parashuram comic’s flyer talks more about the axe wielding Parashuram. The comic takes a look at the metamorphosis of a peace loving hermit named Rama into one of the most feared warriors on the planet. When a tyrant massacres his family, Rama picks up the Axe and vows to rid the earth of Kings.At first, I shed tears at the massacre of my kin at the hands of a ruthless king. The Axe mocked me. I felt anger…

Swami Venkatesananda on Hindu Idol Worship

What is an idol but a piece of matter, from the point of view of an ignorant man, whatever may be his wealth, position or titles? Yet, the devotee feels the Presence of God within that material substance. The wise sage allowed him to 'play' (pray) with it, as a child might play with a doll.
The child gets its training in mother craft; the devotee gets to know that God indeed does dwell in even that piece of matter. Then, he turns around and sees the sun, moon, etc., and realizes that even as God is the Indweller of the idol, He is the indweller of the sun, moon, etc. Why did not the sage advocate such a practice of the Presence of God, without prescribing idol-worship as a preliminary? For the simple reason that the human mind is more ready to associate Divinity, pure and untainted by prejudice, with the idol than to see God in the face of a child.There is another important angle. Idol worship should lead us on to meditation on the Absolute. Without the first step of idol worsh…